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Preview | Gillingham v Lincoln City

Steve Evans will assess a number of players up until the last minute as Gills prepare to welcome Lincoln City to ME7.

6 August 2021

Kyle Dempsey, Alex MacDonald and John Akinde all racing to be fit for season opener.

Gillingham v Lincoln City

Sky Bet League One

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Saturday August 7th

Kick-Off, 3pm

 

Team News:

Steve Evans will be hoping that Ryan Jackson and Robbie McKenzie will be available in some capacity ahead of Saturday’s game.

Kyle Dempsey, Alex MacDonald and Ben Reeves were all left out of the pre-season loss to Norwich on Tuesday as precautions. They will require fitness tests to ensure they are ready to feature. 

Lincoln will be without Chris Maguire and Southampton loanee Dan Nlundulu on Saturday. Both need more time to recover from injuries. Manchester City loanee Lewis Fiorini will be fit to travel.

Defender Joe Walsh may not be available until October, Michael Appleton confirmed, as he takes extra precautions with the defender.

 

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Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - “I look at Lincoln now, and I think they’re much stronger now as a team. They may have lost one or two very gifted individuals that they had on loan, but I think they’re much better as a team now with the signings that they’ve made.”

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Michael Appleton - “We’re coming up against a side with a direct style. They get the team organised and they’re hard to play against.

“I hope the players embrace having fans back. Our home form was mixed and I felt the atmosphere could have been our twelfth man at times.”

 

Previous Meetings:

16/03/2021 - Lincoln City 0-3 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

05/02/2021 - Gillingham 0-3 Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One

22/02/2020 - Lincoln City 0-0 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

16/11/2019 - Gillingham 1-0 Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One

09/04/2011 - Lincoln City 0-4 Gillingham - Sky Bet League Two

The last meeting between the two sides came in March of this year. Gills got their revenge following the 3-0 loss to the Imps at Priestfield and beat them by the same scoreline at the LNER Stadium. Goals from Vadaine Oliver, Kyle Dempsey and Jordan Graham ensured a memorable away win for Steve Evans’ men.

The last Gillingham win against Lincoln at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium came in November 2019. Mikael Mandron scored the only goal of the game, finishing from close-range in the 24th minute. He almost scored a second towards the end, but his header hit the corner of the woodwork.

Odds:

Gillingham win- 2/1

Draw- 11/5

Lincoln City win- 13/10

Special bet: Vadaine Oliver to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1- 28/1.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Assistants: Craig Taylor and Michael Chard

Fourth Official: Alan Dale


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